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People Crave Community

Oct 1, 2021 9:34:00 AM

This is why we do what we do... for people. Whether you're hosting in-person, socially distanced events or hanging out on Zoom with virtual watch parties (or a little bit of both)... check out how this team leveraged social media to create the community that people crave. 

 

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30 Holly Jolly Holiday Party Ideas

Sep 23, 2021 2:15:18 PM

Most people are starting to think about Halloween, but for our Apartment Life Coordinators, it's already holiday party planning season. The great thing about these parties is that you can mix and match ideas: combine a tacky sweater party with a hot chocolate bar, or watch your favorite Christmas movie while roasting s'mores.

Here's a list of our favorite holiday party ideas (feel free to mix and match those party names):
  1. Kris Kringle Karaoke
  2. Flapjacks and Flannel: brunch
  3. Merry Martini Night
  4. Jingle & Mingle: hot cocoa bar
  5. An Evening of Merrymaking: wreath decorating
  6. Frosty Fest: Christmas pajama party
  7. Winter Wonderland Party / White Christmas: decorate with all white / wear white (can also decorate with a minimalist Scandinavian theme)
  8. Holiday Hoopla: Christmas costume party - come dressed like your favorite character from a holiday movie
  9. Holiday "House" Party: gingerbread house decorating party
  10. Christmas CRAFTernoon: holiday craft night 


  11. Merry Little Christmas Party: Christmas ornament swap
  12. Christmas Castoff Gift Exchange: white elephant gift exchange with a gift you don't like/need
  13. Ice, Ice, Cookies: cookie exchange party or cookie decorating party
  14. A Not So Silent Night: Christmas caroling party
  15. Wine & Wrap / BYOB(ow): gift wrapping party
  16. PETmas Party: pets in ugly Christmas sweaters
  17. Fireside Roast and Toast: set up a s'mores charcuterie board
  18. Sparkles and Spirits / Tidings and Tinsel: ornament making party (we've got an easy salt dough recipe) + a signature cocktail
  19. Retro Christmas Party: use old-fashioned decorations
  20. A Holly Jolly Holiday Party: Christmas lights tour - rent a bus (your church might have one) and take your residents on a tour of the best Christmas lights in your city

  21. Cocktails and Candy Canes - let guests write Christmas cards to send to military (more info here or here)
  22. Jolly Jamboree: play holiday bingo - you can purchase bingo cards here
  23. Wacky Tacky Sweater Soiree
  24. Reindeer Games /Mistletoe Mania: game night
  25. The 12 Tastes of Christmas: serve 12 appetizers/treats/drinks
  26. Santa Soiree: pictures with Santa
  27. A December to Remember: free Christmas card photos
  28. Cocktails and Candy Canes
  29. Sugarplum Celebration: dessert party
  30. Mistletoe and Margaritas
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Ways to Engage Your Lease-Up

Jul 26, 2021 4:05:19 PM

Searching for ideas to kickstart community in your lease-up apartment? Look no further! We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you with event inspiration, welcome goodies, and overall resident engagement. Let’s get started!

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How to Engage with Your Introverted Neighbors

Jul 22, 2021 2:37:53 PM

Some neighbors are easy to connect with. You know the kind - the really outgoing, extroverted, highly social ones who aren't afraid to simply show up to an event. 

But we don't want to just build community with them... we want to make all of our neighbors feel connected and welcomed. For those shy, harder-to-reach neighbors, you may have to be more intentional, but it's well worth it.

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Budget-Saving Decor

Dec 9, 2020 3:53:50 PM

Apartment Life serves all types of apartment communities, and we’re often asked how to create fabulous decor that won’t break the bank. We asked our teams to share with us their budget-saving secrets - check out their ideas:

  • Never forget about Target’s dollar section, they always have adorable decor pieces! (pro tip: you can shop online)

  • Trader Joe’s will become your best friend; they have the most affordable selection of flowers.

  • Always keep reusable resources on hand: your core decor will make every theme easy!

  • Head to the Dollar Store for inexpensive items that you can always work with.

  • Stock up on platters, boxes, and chalkboard signs!

  • Don’t underestimate the power of spray paint—you can turn anything into a high-quality piece with just a little color.

  • Buy in bulk as much as you can to limit your event costs.

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Adaptable Events | Movie Night in the Year of COVID

Dec 9, 2020 3:46:08 PM

So let me guess…you’re tired of constantly having to pivot your ideas as state restrictions wane in and out. Well, we’re here to help calm the #covidchaos by providing you with resources to plan your events on a spectrum!

First up: Movie Night

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Virtual Experiences for Kids & Teens

Sep 2, 2020 10:56:02 AM

 

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How to Host a FREE Group Zoom Call

Sep 2, 2020 10:54:00 AM

UPDATED APRIL 7, 2020 - DUE TO “ZOOM BOMBING”, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THIS ARTICLE FROM ZOOM ABOUT SAFEGUARDING YOUR VIDEO CHATS.

Zoom (or any other video conferencing app) is a great way to “connect” with neighbors without the face-to-face piece during this unique time. Here’s some helpful info!

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Recording & Distributing a Video to Your Community

Sep 2, 2020 10:52:54 AM

Recording a video of yourself on your phone and distributing it to your neighbors letting them know you’re still around and still care/desire to serve them is a fantastic idea during this unique time! Here are some ideas for distributing. Please note, this example was done on an iPhone (haters gonna hate… we know 😊).

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Hosting an Instagram Trivia Challenge

Aug 27, 2020 10:19:28 AM

Looking for a new way to engage your community virtually? Consider hosting a Trivia Challenge!

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